Friday, June 05, 2015

Courier News

Courtesy of the 6-3-15 edition of Ida County Courier (

Iowa residents enjoy free fishing June 5-7
Iowa residents may fish without a license on June 5, 6 and 7 as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ free fishing weekend.

Free fishing weekend is the first weekend in June each year. It allows Iowans an opportunity to try fishing without purchasing a license. All other regulations remain in place.

DNR staff will be at popular fishing spots across the state to help beginner anglers get started.  A list of fishing clinics, derbies, and other fun events co-sponsored by the DNR are available on the special events page. Log on to then click on special events application system under the event calendar and search for events.

Anyone catching their first fish is encouraged to take a photo of it and send it in to receive the DNR’s first fish award. The DNR will commemorate the event with a certificate suitable for framing and the submitted photo.

Information on the first fish program is available in the Iowa Fishing Regulations and online at aspx.

Field trip: The Odebolt-Arthur preschool class spent their last day of school visiting the Rick Schroeder Quarter Horse Farm near Odebolt. Rick showed the different parts of the saddle, explained the use of each part and showed the shoes that are worn by a horse. The class rode on a hayrack to the pasture to see the mares and foals and got a chance to ride a horse. (Photo submitted)

June 19-20—Creek Days’ schedule released
Plans are underway for the 2015 Odebolt Creek Days June 19 –20.

Saturday’s schedule includes:
7 a. m. Trinity 5K run/walk at the Odebolt-Arthur bus barn;
7 to 10 a. m. Odebolt Betterment Committee pancake breakfast at the fire station (proceeds go toward city Christmas lights);
8 a. m. truck/tractor show on Main Street, car/motorcycle show on Willow and Fourth Streets and vendor show at corner of Main and Second Streets;
9 a. m. pedal pull at corner of Main and Third Street.
9 a. m. to noon Hot Shots sponsored by Ida/ Sac Attack
10:30 a. m. historical re-enactor Darrel Draper will bring J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day, back to life in an educational and entertaining presentation at the Heritage Square Park outdoor classroom of the Iowa Rural Schools Museum of Odebolt.
1 p.m. The parade begins.  After-parade activities include: human foosball, water balloon fight and tug-a-war (after human foosball).

All-day activities on Saturday include the vendor show, inflatables, sidewalk chalk, food stand and beer garden.

At 9 p. m., the band Trust will perform at the beer garden.

Sunday activities include
Barbecue cooking contest, starting at 7:30 a. m. with judging beginning at noon;
1 p. m. sand volleyball, bean bags, bake-off and inflatables (all day).
Fireworks will begin at dark.

Wilcke elected PEO president
Kathy Wilcke of Chapter DS in Odebolt was recently installed as president of Iowa State Chapter of the PEO during the state convention in Des Moines.  She has been a member of the PEO and Chapter DS for 35 years, serving several offices. She has chosen “Wild About PEO” as her theme for the year. Several local chapter members, friends and family were in attendance.

Planning starts for Sac County Quilt-A-Fair
The Sac County Quilt-A-Fair is scheduled for Sept. 26-27. Quilters from all the communities in Sac County plus the surrounding area have been meeting since January to prepare for the biennial quilt show at the Sac County Fairgrounds in Sac City.

Area quilters are invited to register quilts to display in the Sac County Quilt-A-Fair. Entry forms are available in all Sac County libraries, banks and salons. Forms can be requested from quilt show committee members in each community as well.

Forms are available on the barn quilt website ( to download and print. A separate entry form is needed for each quilt item and a photo of the item needs to be attached to the form.

All quilts to be displayed in the Sac County Quilt-A-Fair must be registered on individual entry forms. The completed forms should be returned to the Sac City Library, 1001 W. Main St. in Sac City, by Aug. 21. The quilts will be delivered just prior to the show. Quilt show organizers plan to display more than 300 quilt entries.

Since 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the ending of the Civil War, organizers are planning a special display for Civil War-era quilts or replicas of quilts made during that time period. The 2015 show will be the second time for displaying Quilts of Valor: quilts made especially for wounded soldiers. Quilts may be entered either by the people who made them or the people who own them. The only other requirement is that the items should not have been entered in previous Sac County Quilt-A-Fair shows.

Atoya Oliver and Sue Peyton of Sac City are chairing the planning committee.

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